thousands of words

Siem Reap, Cambodia

As a final Slice of Life for the March 2013 challenge, my hope is that these pictures tell the story. Writing every day for (almost) a month has not been easy time-wise, but has been a kick in the backside to document and share. These reflections would otherwise be quirky gelatinous sparks of thought that may or may not have been shared with friends and family in conversation. Thanks for listening and commenting.

I’m looking forward to keeping up with more blogs–including this one–in the future. It’s been an enjoyable journey!

P.S. For more pictures and info on the Temple Tour, check out this page.

Slice of Life 2013

Slice of Life 2013


About jaclynfre

Tech integration specialist, recipe adventurer, fast walker, sporadic writer, aunt, sister and daughter
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11 Responses to thousands of words

  1. Beth says:

    Beautiful pictures, Jackie. It reminds me a lot of Vietnam.

  2. jaclynfre says:

    Aunt Beth, I’m looking forward to heading over to VietNam before I leave SouthEast Asia. I thought of you and Uncle John a lot on this trip–passing motorbikes, eating local (and also western), taking pictures, etc. Looking forward to seeing your album again with fresh eyes. We met some people on tours through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and VietNam–wondering if it was the same one you joined last year . . . Like our move from Grandville, I seem to follow your footsteps without even realizing it until afterward, but always benefiting from your experiences. 🙂

  3. jaclynfre says:

    Dad, Many people were selling guide books at the temples offering information but I didn’t purchase one thinking a) Too heavy for my limited luggage b) I could look it up online c) The persistent selling can seem a little weird. I’ll do some digging and research and share what I know. I did notice some symbols from the Ramayana–the Hindu play about Rama and Sita which I saw at Prambanan (the Hindu temple in Jogyakarta)–such as the monkeys and the actual characters, but others had incense burning for Buddha statues. I’m intrigued by the intertwining of Hindu and Buddha symbols all over Indonesia and now Cambodia that I’ve seen personally. Visiting places causes you to want to read up–I should probably have done it before I was there, but . . . no time like the present (after my lessons and grading, of course). Let me know what you come up with though . .. I’d love to have a deeper understanding. P.S. We were also too cheap to hire a guide. But sometimes we would trail people who did and hear snippets of information.

  4. If this is where you are we are neighbors right now as we are in Laos.

    • jaclynfre says:

      I live in Indonesia and am back there now. I will definitely check out your blog to read about Laos. I met many people from Laos when I lived in Michigan. I think some churches sponsored families from Laos back in the 80s so we had a lot of Laotian families at our school. It’s great to visit places that seem remote when you are in the US, but are such a part of others’ history. Thanks for taking time to check out the Cambodian trip pix.

  5. These images are so evocative of setting, and I particularly love the trees that seem like you can crawl inside and get lost in some aspect of the past, or some mystery unknown. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Betsy says:

    I loved going on your trip with you for a moment. The pictures are fantastic. Continue to enjoy your journey–Cambodia and your travels, as well as your journey as a writer.

  7. jhaworthoy says:

    I am so glad you posted pictures of your trip. You saw so much! Love the shadow picture. Can’t wait to see the tags when you have time. I am glad you are safely home…and I truly enjoyed reading about your travels. Jackie

  8. jhaworthoy says:

    I was just able to get a closer look at each picture. The work that went into these structures…the carving and placement…wow…I am always amazed at the work of our ancestors…how they did it with the what some consider primitive tools…and yet their structures have lasted centuries. Jackie

  9. Paul says:

    A conversation with friends today (they just got back from a big trip) led me to mentioning your blog. I’ve bookmarked it for future reference and enjoyment! 🙂

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